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Elizabeth Township commissioners consider restrictions on themselves

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By Tim Karan
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, 12:46 a.m.

Elizabeth Township commissioners are looking into two measures that could negate potential conflicts of interest among themselves.

During a workshop meeting on Monday, commissioner Claire Bryce asked to amend a motion previously made by commissioner Joanne Beckowitz that would restrict any commissioner from being appointed to a township authority, board or commission until a year after the end of his or her elective term.

“At the last meeting, we talked about not having people be appointed to boards until a year after they've been removed and I'm all for that,” said Bryce. “But I think we need to make a motion that we should not as members of the board have any relatives on any of these other boards, either.”

Beckowitz agreed with the addition and took it a step further, suggesting that the motion dictate that no relatives of board members should be eligible for employment positions with the township.

Commissioners are expected to vote on the amended motion in October.

In addition, commissioner Chris Evans made a motion for the township solicitor to investigate the procedure to implement a limit of two four-year terms for commissioners.

“There are term limits for the president of the United States. Why not here?” said Evans. “Why should someone be a commissioner for 30 or 40 years? I think that's ridiculous. This would give more people the opportunity to run for office.”

The consensus of the board was to look further into the issue and commissioners instructed Solicitor Matthew Racunas to report back with findings on the legality of the potential change.

Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or

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